The Force Awakens Hardcover Novel to be Released on January 5, 2016!

TFA NovelFew weeks ago it was announced that Disney, trying to avoid any spoilers from leaking, intentionally delayed the release of The Force Awakens novel. The initial plan was the novel, written by Alan Dean Foster, to be released on December 18, together with the movie. Now Random House officially revealed the new release date of the hardcover issue.



The official novelization of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on January 5, 2016 as hardcover. It will cost $28 and will have 272 pages.


Still, according to Wookieepedia the eBook by Del Rey will be released on December 18, 2015, the same day as the film’s release. So obviously trying to prevent spoilers from leaking was not the real reason for the hardcover delay.


Are you going to get the eBook on December 18, or you will wait for the hardcover on January 5?



Source: Random House (via JediNews)


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30 thoughts on “The Force Awakens Hardcover Novel to be Released on January 5, 2016!

  • December 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    The Audible version also comes out on the 18th, and I already pre-ordered it. 🙂

  • December 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Very excited! Also for anybody who has not heard, the soundtrack will be released on Amazon on December 18th.

  • December 1, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I will wait for the hardcover. Ready to read and so what’s going on in the minds of the characters during the movie. Stover’s ROTS novelization is my favorite star wars book but maybe this can top it.

  • December 1, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    “So obviously trying to prevent spoilers from leaking was not the real reason for the hardcover delay.”

    Wait, what? I thought this was the sole reason?

    • December 1, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Exactly. I heard the paperback also got delayed too. Also, Wookieepedia isn’t exactly the best source for this kind of information.

      • December 1, 2015 at 5:58 pm

        The Audible version definitely releases on the 18th, as does the eBook/Kindle version, so the statement is correct. The delay can’t be for anti-spoiler reasons. Also, the paperback editions of novels ALWAYS release months after the hardcover. That’s unrelated.

  • December 1, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Do you guys could recommend me the best (if more then one) novelizations for the 1-6 Episodes?

    • December 1, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      There is only one novelization of each film to my knowledge (excluding the “children’s version” of the six stories). Be warned though that the there are a handful of major differences in the 4-6 novels from the films, so all of the novelizations are still “Legends” even though the films are canon. However, if you wish to read the novels (they are quite good! Even the prequel books have a lot of substance) I recommend buying the two “trilogy collections”. Its a nice, cheap way to get the entire saga.

      Prequel Trilogy:

      Origional Trilogy:

      • December 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        Thank you very much! You are a moral reserve!

        • December 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

          Revenge Of The Sith is probably my favorite if only because Matt Stover is the best writer of them all.

    • December 1, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      I hear the novelization of revenge of sith is pretty good, some say better than the actual movie

      • December 1, 2015 at 9:22 pm

        It sure is.

      • December 2, 2015 at 1:57 am

        The Novel for Revenge of the Sith is probably the best Star Wars Novel ever written in my opinion. and I HATE the prequels.Over half of the book is missing from the movie. It completely echoed the 9-11 Bush Administration propaganda era if you pay attention.

        • December 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm

          And Bush didn’t become a dictator because he’s out of office.

  • December 1, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    “David Moench, a spokesperson for Del Rey, expressed that the publisher
    would have preferred to put out the hardcover edition on the same day as
    the film itself, but understands the importance of preserving the

    Physical copies of the novel were delayed solely to preserve the plot from leaking out.

  • December 1, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Why ‘obviously not the reason’? Hard copy has to be printed, shipped to stores days and weeks in advance-plenty of opportunity for many people to leak the plot.

    The ebook can be uploaded in seconds.

    • December 1, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Exactly what I was going to say.

  • December 1, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I think this is great. Gives me time to just take in the film and read the Before the Awakening companion novel.

  • December 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    That was super smart of them to release it after the movie.

    Suddenly thousands of click bait websites screamed out in terror, as if something wonderful happened.

  • December 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Love it. Can’t wait! I wish they would release “canon” novelizations of the entire saga in one big collection. Would love to have a giant TOME of episodes 1-7 to put next to by Lord Of the Rings collected works.

  • December 1, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    actually, spoilers is exactly the reason. the reason why they can do the ebook on the 18th and not the hardcover is because Del Rey isn’t allowed to send the file to the printer _until_ the 18th. Heard that directly from Del Rey staff at NYCC.

  • December 1, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    “So obviously trying to prevent spoilers from leaking was not the real reason for the hardcover delay.”

    Um, it actually – and obviously – is the reason. E-books don’t usually leak. Hardcovers do.

  • December 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    oh they turned off starkiller for that one

  • December 2, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Well, I guess they don’t care about book sales…i’m not buying it now.

    • December 2, 2015 at 1:31 am

      Just get the E-book. Don’t be bitter.

      • December 3, 2015 at 12:40 am

        I not going to read it. I usually like to read a book and see how it plays out on screen

  • December 2, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Cant wait to wait to see this movie for the 49th time while reading the novelization

  • December 2, 2015 at 3:02 am

    272 pages for a 2 hour 20 minute film? i’m guessing that means a lot of action?

  • December 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

    $28 bucks? Are you kidding me? And 272 pages? Did they rush it or something?

  • December 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    cool im gonna get the hardcover but i think $28 is too much just wait for it to get cheaper

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